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Karen A. Wenzel

April 1, 1946 — December 30, 2023

Mount Pleasant



MOUNT PLEASANT – Karen Ann Wenzel, 77, of Mount Pleasant, died Saturday, December 30, 2023, at Savannah Heights.

Karen was born April 1, 1946, in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, the daughter of Ledru and Wanda (Bonser) Beaber. She graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 1964. On July 14, 1990, Karen was united in marriage to Gene Wenzel in Mount Pleasant. She provided in home care for several elderly women. Karen attended Calvary Baptist Church. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, shopping with Angie, eating out, walking and going to the casino.

Karen is survived by her husband Gene; son Todd Smith of Mount Pleasant; daughter Angie (Charlie) Boecker of Ames; step daughter Janice (Mike) Gatliff of Indianapolis, IN; stepsons, Stephen (Stephanie Robl) Wenzel of Wrentham, MA, Blake (Shelly) Wenzel of Bouton; and nine grandchildren; Rollin and Kellan Boecker, Michael Gatliff, Olivia, Isabella, Matthew, Gabriella, Malcolm and Ramona Wenzel, and one on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter Heidi Gatliff, and two brothers Tony and Terry Beaber.

A memorial service will be held 3:30 pm Friday, January 5, 2024, at the Olson-Powell Chapel where the family will greet friends beginning at 2:30 pm until time of service. Private burial will be in the White Oak Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to All God’s Creatures. The Olson-Powell Chapel and Crematory is caring for Karen and her family.

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